Skip to comments.There's little to like about hate-crime laws
Posted on 12/03/2006 5:35:58 AM PST by Zakeet
ACCORDING TO the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, 10 black teenagers broke the law by attacking three white women in Long Beach on Halloween. But rather than simply charge all of them with felony assault, the D.A.'s office made an unusual decision: Eight of the 10 seven girls and one boy were also charged with a "hate crime enhancement" for adding insult to injury with utterances such as "I hate whites."
Reading about the Long Beach case (which I wouldn't dare to prejudge even if the facts weren't so murky), I felt a twinge of vindication.
Four years ago, I wrote that Pennsylvania's hate-crime law which, like California's, is a "piggyback" statute allowing for extra punishment for crimes deemed to be motivated by bias could have unintended consequences.
For one thing, I believed, such laws could end up giving extra punishment to ordinary criminals who, while committing a run-of-the-mill crime, engaged in some racial trash talk and that's not the kind of bias-motivated crime the law was intended to go after. For another thing, it is possible that such laws could end up punishing blacks who commit violence against whites which is a far cry from the historical experience that inspired hate-crime statutes.
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The real "hate" in hate crimes laws is what the proponents have for America.
As if that -- by itself -- is somehow wrong.
Now that Republicans are in the minority, can Keith Olbermann be charged with a hate crime?
I hate the DNC, is that a crime?
Not yet but January is coming up quick
Not now,but give 'em a little time.
Obviously this McGough character is oblivious to the fundamental and ghastly immorality of his words and the thought processes behind them.
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